Audio Football Club

Audio Football Club

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Thom Gibbs, Mina Rzouki and the UK’s finest team of sports reporters unpack the week in football, every Monday. Join the club.


A game of Le Harve
Jun 17 • 36 min
On the show we’re talking all things World Cup. England beat Argentina to maintain their 100% start to the tournament, the USA seem unstoppable as they aim to score 100 goals before the final in July, and there are hashtag heartwarming scenes as Thailand…
Parris is burning
Jun 10 • 43 min
On the podcast today, England are unconvincing in their World Cup opener against Scotland but nevertheless do start their tournament with a win. Elsewhere there were impressive starts for Brazil and France, while Australia were shocked by Italy and there…
Phil-good factor fading? Women’s World Cup preview
Jun 5 • 39 min
The Women’s World Cup awaits and Thom Gibbs is back in the audio recording facility to look ahead to the tournament. Joining him are host of the Offside Rule podcast, Kait Borsay, comedian Ella Woods, Women’s Football Reporter Katie Whyatt, plus Audio…
Smooth Klopperator
Jun 3 • 37 min
The Champions League final may have disappointed but what a tournament it was, the AFC panellists discuss whether Liverpool deserved it (spoiler alert: they did). Plus a look back at the Europa League final, a look ahead to the Nations League and updates…
King Klopp or Kane? Champions League final preview
May 29 • 46 min
The Champions League final awaits and Thom Gibbs is back in the audio recording facility to look ahead to Liverpool vs Spurs in Madrid. Joining him are Matt Law, Charlie Eccleshare and, on the line from Baku, Sam Dean. The AFC team-mates explore the key…
Treble without a pause for Manchester City
May 20 • 49 min
The 2018/19 FA Cup final is the latest glittering addition to Manchester City’s groaning trophy shelf and host Thom Gibbs is on hand to unpick a historic treble. Joining him are Matt Law, Mina Rzouki and Alistair Tweedale. The AFC team-mates get into the…
We are (talking about) the champions
May 13 • 46 min
Manchester City win the league at Brighton while Liverpool finish with 97 points, a shared golden boot, a golden glove, a player of the season award and no title. Elsewhere, Manchester United suffer a humiliating defeat at the hands of Cardiff City, Chris…
Women’s Football Special
May 10 • 35 min
A timely first for the podcast: host Thom Gibbs is joined in the audio recording facility by an all-female lineup to unpack the world of women’s football. Host of the Offside Rule podcast, Kait Borsay, comedian Ella Woods and the Telegraph’s Hajra Rahim…
Attempting to explain Spurs and Liverpool miracles
May 9 • 39 min
An outrageous couple of days in European football brings host Thom Gibbs back into the audio recording facility to analyse how the first all-English Champions League final since 2008 came to be. Joining him are Chief Football Writer Sam Wallace alongside…
Audio Football Club interview with… Matt Forde
May 8 • 44 min
Today we are joined in the audio recording facility by comedian, satirist and broadcaster Matt Forde. Matt talks about growing up with Nottingham Forest in the top flight, his heroes as a child (and an adult) and what it means to be a football fan. Plus…
Football phone-out with Jamie Carragher
May 7 • 34 min
Telegraph Sport columnists James Ducker, Chris Bascombe and Jamie Carragher all join Thom Gibbs on the inaugural AFC football phone-out. We get their reaction to Manchester City’s win over Leicester featuring disbelief at Vincent Kompany’s incredible…
Penultimatey shoot-out: The title race goes to the last day, the top four is decided and a farewell to Cardiff City
May 6 • 53 min
On the podcast this week, with the top four and relegation places confirmed the only thing to be decided on the final day of the Premier League season is the title race. We assess how Maurizio Sarri has performed this season, bid a Premier League farewell…
La Ligafication: A low quality race for the top four, Eden Hazard’s importance and Championship automatic promotion decided
Apr 29 • 49 min
On the podcast this week, nobody seems to want to claim the remaining two Champions League places as Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United AND Chelsea all fail to win. It’s more predictable at the very top however with both Liverpool and Manchester City…
Spurs push City Limits: Title race goes to the wire, Manchester United and Arsenal disappoint and Juventus claim Serie A
Apr 22 • 41 min
On the podcast this week, Manchester City and Liverpool both get important wins to keep the title race very much alive. Manchester United and Arsenal lose to Everton and Crystal Palace respectively, leaving the top four spots wide open. Plus Juventus win…
Born slippy: Liverpool pass yet another test, Man City cruise past Palace and shirt swapping drama
Apr 15 • 48 min
On the podcast this week, Liverpool got a significant win over Chelsea to keep the title race extremely close for another week at least. Manchester City cruised past Crystal Palace and we look at the race for the remaining two Champions League spots. Plus…
Deulofeu la la: Watford win at Wembley, Champions League preview and a big jacket gets thrown
Apr 8 • 49 min
On the podcast this week, the greatest FA Cup semi of all time and one of the more boring in recent memory as Watford and Manchester City progress to the final. Elsewhere, a very poor Arsenal lose to Everton and Mesut Özil isn’t happy about it plus the…
Vardiff City: Hugo Lloris flaps, Liverpool are still in it and a fiery Old Firm Derby
Apr 1 • 50 min
On the podcast this week, an exciting end to proceedings at Anfield as Liverpool go top of the Premier League, scandal as Cardiff City are very unlucky against Chelsea and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets the job permanently at Manchester United. Plus the Old…
These are the breaks: The home nations in action, the Premier League run-in and the greatest goal of all time
Mar 25 • 47 min
On the podcast this week, is this a better England side than the one we saw at the World Cup? We analyse their 5-0 win over the Czech Republic and look at their wealth of options. Wales and Northern Ireland start their campaigns well while Scotland starts…
Wow Moutinho: FA Cup quarter-finals, Premier League and England previews
Mar 18 • 48 min
On the podcast this week, just about every competition gets some airtime as we cover the FA Cup, the Premier League, the Championship, the Champions League and the upcoming England internationals. Somehow there’s still time to praise Messi, try to figure…
Top Phwoar: Arsenal defeat Manchester United, Spurs in ‘crisis’ and the mighty Jack Grealish
Mar 11 • 49 min
On the podcast this week, we assess Unai Emery’s tactics in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat of Manchester United and De Gea’s supposedly disappointing season. Plus a potential ‘mini-crisis’ at Spurs, a flattering win for Liverpool and the Jack Grealish incident are…
No Salah: A nervy Liverpool, a North London derby and a farewell to Claudio Ranieri
Mar 4 • 43 min
On the podcast this week, Liverpool fail to beat Everton in the Merseyside derby helping Manchester City move closer to the title. Arsenal miss a chance to beat Spurs, but are starting to look quite flexible Emery. Plus, we bid farewell to Ranieri, say…
Kepa for the course at Chelsea: Carabao Cup drama, transfer bans and Claude Puel sacked
Feb 25 • 49 min
On the podcast this week, there’s a dramatic conclusion to the Carabao Cup we unpick what happened and what this means for Maurizio Sarri’s future. Plus there’s transfer bans, boring matches and the possible return of Brendan Rodgers to the Premier…
Ashley Goal: FA Cup 5th Round, Phil Foden’s rise and Sarri vs Solskjaer
Feb 18 • 48 min
On the podcast this week, the biggest shock in the FA Cup is that there were no shocks, there’s praise for Phil Foden and Ashley Cole and we look ahead to Chelsea vs Manchester United. Elsewhere we preview the upcoming Champions League fixtures, discuss a…
I’m Sarri, I haven’t a clue: Man City maul Chelsea, a consistent Cardiff City and Champions League excitement
Feb 11 • 47 min
On the podcast this week, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City thrash Chelsea at the Etihad and what this means for the future of Sarri-ball, we dissect Cardiff City’s season so far and there’s praise once more for the enduring competence of Spurs, Ole’s…
Unai for Unai: Man City dominate Arsenal, Higuain is off the mark and Solskjaer is still unbeaten
Feb 4 • 46 min
This week on the Audio Football Club, Man City keep the pressure on Liverpool at the top with a convincing win over an unconvincing Arsenal. We look at the decline at the Emirates under Stan Kroenke while across North London Spurs keep on winning despite…
Hudson-Annoy: FA Cup shocks, sadness for Spurs and a stuttering Marco Silva
Jan 28 • 49 min
Audio Football Club takes to the audio recording facility to unpick the weekend’s action. There were plenty of shocks in the FA Cup to dissect including West Ham’s defeat to AFC Wimbledon, Everton’s loss away at Millwall and Spurs not showing up against…
Cech-ing out: Liverpool handle the pressure, stubborn Sarri suffers and Spurs injury setbacks
Jan 21 • 45 min
Another busy week in the world of football including two lesser seen 4-3 results in the same day. We assess whether Liverpool rode their luck or have improved when it comes to handling the pressure of a title race, how Spurs will replace Harry Kane, Dele…
Wemb-Ole: Manchester United beat Spurs, Arsenal don’t know what to do with Özil and Arnautovic wants out(ovic)
Jan 14 • 45 min
Manchester United continue their winning streak under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. Sam Dean updates us on the intriguing Mesut Özil situation at Arsenal and we review their 1-0 loss to West Ham United at the weekend.…
Lemons in a cup: Third round upsets, the Premier League title race and a farewell to Fabregas
Jan 7 • 47 min
It was a weekend of upsets in the FA Cup with Newport County, Barnet, Oldham and Gillingham all beating superior opposition. We review the best (and worst) of the third round as well as debating Fabregas’ status as a Premier League legend and Ole Gunnar…
Pep Guardi-all-over: Liverpool go seven points clear, Man City stutter and a festive fixture quick fire round-up
Dec 31, 2018 • 50 min
It’s been a packed and unpredictable period since we last brought you an episode and we’re trying our very best to digest the entire football festive feast in just fifty minutes. Sit tight.We cover Man City’s stumble, Tottenham’s 72 hour title challenge…
Christmas wrapping: The AFC 2018 awards
Dec 24, 2018 • 44 min
It’s a festive extravaganza today as the team dish out the first ever Telegraph AFC end of year awards. It’s been an eventful year in football and it can be easy to forget the highs and lows of the last 12 months, we had a fantastic World Cup (football…
M62 can play at that game: Liverpool thrash Manchester United, a resurgent Southampton and Christmas party cancellations
Dec 17, 2018 • 48 min
Welcome to the Telegraph Audio Football Club, joining Thom Gibbs it’s Mina Rzouki, JJ Bull and Matt Law There’s shock as we learn that Liverpool are much better than Manchester United, we’re in awe of the new found heading prowess of Southampton and a…
Premature League: Man City lose, Liverpool go top and the Copa Libertadores actually happened
Dec 10, 2018 • 45 min
Welcome to the Telegraph Audio Football Club, joining Thom Gibbs it’s Mina Rzouki, JJ Bull and Jason Burt Today, rescind the premature league title, as Manchester City come undone against a well-organised Chelsea side but some fans in the Chelsea end…
Big Divock Energy: Mark Hughes sacked, Arsenal thrash Spurs and Liverpool scrape through yet again
Dec 3, 2018 • 45 min
Welcome to the Telegraph Audio Football Club, joining Thom Gibbs it’s Mina Rzouki, JJ Bull and Matt LawToday we react to the news that Mark Hughes has been aggressively volleyed through the exit door at Southampton. Who will come in to replace him in…
Chelsea Stagger: Superb Spurs, the return of Ranieri and differing fortunes for the Manchester clubs
Nov 26, 2018 • 46 min
Welcome to the Telegraph Audio Football Club, joining Thom Gibbs today it’s Mina Rzouki, Charlie Eccleshare and Matt LawOn the show this week there’s a thorough assessment of a thrilling London derby at Wembley and the immediate impact made by Claudio…
Audio Football Club with… Suggs
Nov 22, 2018 • 31 min
Hello podcast fans and welcome to a special bonus episode of Telegraph Audio Football Club Today we’re taking a brief break from our usual routine to talk to a TV presenter, writer and, most famously the singer for Madness. Yes, it’s proper Chelsea fan…
The Fabian (appreciation) Society: England beat Croatia, Scotland cling on and Richard Scudamore’s bonus
Nov 19, 2018 • 42 min
Welcome to the Telegraph Audio Football Club, joining Thom Gibbs today it’s Jason Burt, JJ Bull and Matt Law.There’s reaction to the the mighty footballing nation of England, and their greatest year since 1966. Ruminations on the mighty Nations League,…
Pep talk: dissecting the Manchester derby, an unbeaten Chelsea and passionate post match interviews
Nov 12, 2018 • 44 min
Welcome to the Telegraph Audio Football Club, joining Thom Gibbs today it’s Mina Rzouki, JJ Bull and Matt Law.Today we painstakingly dissect the Manchester derby, praise Spurs and Chelsea and debate whether or not it’s time for Slavisa Jokanovic to take…
MEGA League: Alvaro Morata’s hot streak, Rooney’s return and where now for Southampton?
Nov 5, 2018 • 43 min
Welcome to the Telegraph Audio Football Club, joining Thom Gibbs today it’s Mina Rzouki, JJ Bull and Matt Law. On the podcast today: flying goalkeepers and a last gasp equaliser at Ashburton Grove as Arsenal took on Liverpool, the evolution of Chelsea’s…
A-harsenal: Manchester United drop Lukaku, Liverpool impress and El Clasico doesn’t disappoint
Oct 29, 2018 • 42 min
Welcome to the Telegraph Audio Football Club, joining Thom Gibbs today it’s Mina Rzouki, JJ Bull and Jim WhiteOn the podcast today: Arsenal stop winning, but does that mean we need to disembark from the Unai Emery excitement train? An audio trip to…
Take it to the Bridge: Manchester United vs Chelsea, Fulham’s failings and much more
Oct 22, 2018 • 46 min
It was a reasonably eventful weekend in the Premier League but with Jose Mourinho returning to Stamford Bridge what did you expect? Joining Thom Gibbs on AFC it’s Mina Rzouki, JJ Bull and Sam Dean. We dissect events both on and off the pitch at Chelsea,…
The Raheem Sterling Conundrum
Oct 15, 2018 • 43 min
Has the post-World Cup bubble of good feeling towards England burst? Did England 2.0 look at all like getting revenge on Croatia? Why are Scotland so bad!? The international break has provided a heap of questions that need answered and, thankfully, Mina…
Unai Emery’s Arsenal Globetrotters
Oct 8, 2018 • 43 min
Goals galore in the Premier League this weekend, everywhere except the game we expected to have at least seven. Thom Gibbs, Matt Law, Mina Rzouki and JJ Bull are back to help decipher it all. We explore the inconclusive Liverpool vs Man City game, the…
If only Man Utd had a Robert Snodgrass
Oct 1, 2018 • 39 min
It’s a week that’s gone from bad to worse for the red side of Manchester so what now for Manchester United, what now for Jose Mourinho, and which West Ham player did a passable impression of a South American genius in their 3-1 victory? All that and more…
Pep: Control freak or arrogant winner?
Sep 24, 2018 • 42 min
It was a weekend of battling draws, hard-earned victories with a sprinkling of thrashings. Thom Gibbs is back alongside Mina Rzouki, Matt Law and JJ Bull to discuss it all. This week we ask why Wolves look like the real deal, why Spurs should forget about…
Eddie Howe for England
Sep 17, 2018 • 45 min
The Premier League is back with a bang and the AFC Telegraph team of Mina Rzouki, JJ Bull, Jason Burt, and Jim White are here to analyse it all. This week we focus in on Spurs defeat to Liverpool, why Fellaini is Manchester United’s surprise star player,…
We’re about to enter the managerial killing fields
Sep 10, 2018 • 35 min
England, England, England. The optimism around the World Cup is beginning to dissipate as Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Spain saw a third loss in a row for Gareth Southgate’s side. We’ve substituted into the host seat Mina Rzouki to oversee this one. Alongside…
A skateboarding revelation
Sep 3, 2018 • 47 min
Week four in the Premier League has been and gone leaving Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford to lead the way with maximum points. Host Thom Gibbs is joined once again by Mina Rzouki, Matt Law, and JJ Bull to discuss the big talking points on the pitch and…
Hugging the line between madness and brilliance
Aug 27, 2018 • 44 min
Thom Gibbs, Mina Rzouki, Matt Law, and JJ Bull are back to discuss week three of the Premier League. This week we discuss the panel discuss how Wolves were able to keep the Champions at bay, what is going on with Mesut Ozil, and whether Roman Abramovich…
The cheese room
Aug 20, 2018 • 45 min
Mourinho moans, Arsenal defence disappears, and City score for fun. Some things never change, but the wind did change in North London as Harry Kane finally scored in August. Relief for all. Host Thom Gibbs is joined once again by Mina Rzouki, Matt Law,…
A new era
Aug 13, 2018 • 42 min
Back for season two, under new management, a new name, and a change in formation, it’s Telegraph Audio Football Club, or AFC Telegraph for short. Thom Gibbs, Mina Rzouki, Matt Law and JJ Bull are here to guide you through the opening weekend of the…
Jamie Carragher: No one can question Didier Deschamps now
Jul 15, 2018 • 31 min
We have our World Cup 2018 winners at last and it’s France, after their 4-2 victory over Croatia. Jamie Carragher joins host Thom Gibbs one last time to unpick the big moments of the 2018 World Cup final, decide what counts as handball, and find out…
Jamie Carragher: Kane’s miss was the defining moment of the match
Jul 11, 2018 • 28 min
The dream is over for England for another four years as England bow out of the World Cup with an excruciating extra time loss to Croatia. On today’s episode, Jamie Carragher joins Thom Gibbs to discuss what England were missing from the match, why Croatia…
Jamie Carragher’s advice to England
Jul 8, 2018 • 31 min
Football has edged even closer to home following a 2-0 victory over Sweden on Saturday. Former England player Jamie Carragher joins Thom Gibbs to discuss who impressed, who has more work to do, and how on earth you mark Harry Maguire in set pieces. We…
Jamie Carragher: I always felt England would edge it
Jul 3, 2018 • 32 min
The unthinkable has happened. England go the long route round via a much feared penalty shootout to reach the quarter finals of a major tournament. On this historic episode of Total Football Thom Gibbs is joined by Jamie Carragher to unpick how to take a…
Jamie Carragher: England will be favourites against Colombia but it won’t be easy
Jun 28, 2018 • 29 min
It was all going so well until the mind games started but England finish the group stages on the correct side of the draw, supposedly. Telegraph football writer JJ Bull steps into the presenter seat this week to discuss England’s abject performance…
The Gareth Southgate Appreciation Society
Jun 24, 2018 • 29 min
Football is coming home! After England’s record 6-1 victory over Panama emotions are high and the Harry Kane and Gareth Southgate fan club is in full swing. Join host Thom Gibbs and Telegraph reporter Luke Edwards on this episode of Total Football as they…
Jamie Carragher: Kane gives England belief to win
Jun 18, 2018 • 23 min
It’s been an eventful opening to the World Cup with shocks, wondergoals and technological excitement galore. Former England defender Jamie Carragher joins Thom Gibbs to discuss it all. England got their campaign underway as they squeaked to victory in…
Russia Preview Special
Jun 13, 2018 • 39 min
World Cup fever is upon us and it’s time to delve into the biggest issues Russia 2018 can muster including England’s chances, how the favourites will fare, and who’s going to embarrass themselves in front of a global audience of millions. Thom Gibbs is…
Sir Geoff Hurst Special
May 31, 2018 • 48 min
This week’s episode is a first for the podcast: it’s the first time we have a knight of the realm in our midst. We’re in front of a live audience as host Thom Gibbs is joined by our special guest Sir Geoff Hurst on an actual stage and by our Chief…
Jamie Carragher on Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat
May 27, 2018 • 39 min
Liverpool’s dream of lifting the European Cup for a sixth time died on Saturday night in Kiev and Jamie Carragher was there to witness it all. The Telegraph Sport columnist joins host Thom Gibbs to discuss the game, how Loris Karius might be feeling and…
Mourinho is like a vampire sucking the life out of Man Utd
May 20, 2018 • 44 min
Saturday’s FA Cup final is the main subject of discussion on this week’s Total Football, with Telegraph Sport’s Chief Football Correspondent Jason Burt joining host Thom Gibbs to dissect the game. There’s also an England World Cup squad to analyse, with…
A centurion season
May 13, 2018 • 39 min
Goodbye Premier League season 2017/18, we’ve all had a fairly nice time but all fairly good things must come to an end. That’s exactly what happened on Sunday with a final simultaneous round of games providing everything from last-gasp record-clinching…
John Motson Special
May 10, 2018 • 42 min
Total Football goes on the road this week to speak with the legendary voice of football, John Motson Jim White is at Wembley for this special episode as we look back on John’s 40 year plus career, and how the commentary world has changed. We discuss World…
Goodbye to the big Staffordshire temple of gambling
May 6, 2018 • 33 min
It’s the business end of the business end of the season and Total Football is here to detail all you need to know about promotion, relegation and mathematical safety. Telegraph Sport’s Luke Edwards joins host Thom Gibbs to discuss City’s formal…
Get the bunting out. Big Sam is staying.
Apr 29, 2018 • 41 min
Little to treasure from Arsenal’s final trip to Manchester under Arsene Wenger’s management, other than the mysterious trinket kindly given to him before the game from his former mortal enemy. Jim White joins host Thom Gibbs to discuss that and the rest…
Arsenal need a realist who will get rid of half the squad
Apr 22, 2018 • 37 min
Arsene Wenger began his longish farewell to Arsenal on Sunday, with a 4-1 victory against West Ham. The Telegraph’s Chief Sports Writer Paul Hayward joins host Thom Gibbs to discuss the Frenchman and the club he leaves behind. Elsewhere there are FA Cup…
Man Utd at their best haven’t come close to City
Apr 15, 2018 • 44 min
The world of football and podcasting removes its hats as one this week to salute Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side have clinched the Premier League title without playing to complete a deeply odd footballing week. Sam Dean joins host Thom Gibbs to…
From Olé to Dismay: Manchester City guilty of premature Premier League congratulations
Apr 8, 2018 • 39 min
Manchester City’s Premier League party was pooped by Paul Pogba and company on Sunday, as Manchester United made their city rivals wait. Ian Irving stands in for Thom Gibbs, and is joined by chief football writer Sam Wallace to discuss the events at the…
Salah has done what we would have expected if Liverpool signed Messi
Apr 1, 2018 • 43 min
One hardy Premier League record was sent tumbling to the ground on Sunday, when Spurs finally registered a league win at Stamford Bridge for the first time since 1990. Deputy football correspondent Jeremy Wilson joins host Thom Gibbs to discuss that and…
Sean Dyche would make a better Prime Minister than Theresa May
Mar 25, 2018 • 40 min
It’s international break which means a break from the norm for Total Football. This week Thom Gibbs welcomes former spin doctor and current author Alastair Campbell to the podcast. Campbell, an enormous Burnley FC fan, gives his views on everything from…
The weekend of the overdog
Mar 18, 2018 • 34 min
Our footballing priorities were divided this weekend, with a depleted raft of Premier League fixtures taking place at the same time as the FA Cup quarter finals. It was a Cup weekend light on shocks, but Alan Tyers joins Thom Gibbs to analyse all four…
Fans believe the identity of West Ham has been ripped out of the club
Mar 12, 2018 • 42 min
Ian Irving is called off the subs bench to host this week’s Total Football alongside the Telegraph’s Jim White. This week we discuss the trials and triumphs of England’s hopeful goal scorers as Harry Kane hobbles off at the South Coast whilst Marcus…
Arsenal are so bad even Gunnersaurus is performing badly
Mar 4, 2018 • 38 min
The Arsenal ennui barometer reached dangerous new levels on Sunday with a grim defeat to Brighton in Falmer. Host Thom Gibbs is joined by Telegraph Sport’s Sam Dean to discuss all of weekend’s football, which also included wins for Liverpool, Manchester…
Matt Le Tissier: Arsenal went into the game with an inferiority complex
Feb 25, 2018 • 43 min
Football royalty joins host Thom Gibbs for this week’s episode. Yes Southampton fans, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for - Matt Le Tissier is our special guest. He helps us analyse Arsenal’s wretched performance in the League Cup final as well as how…
Sol Campbell: I don’t know what kind of manager they want. Maybe puppets?
Feb 22, 2018 • 42 min
In a special Total Football episode we bring you when Thom met Sol Campbell. As the League Cup final looms we ask the former Arsenal hero if his team can repeat Wigan Athletic’s success and complete a miserable week for Pep Guardiola. We also ask Sol…
VAR has come in a year too early
Feb 18, 2018 • 40 min
The magic supply was running dangerously low in the FA Cup fifth round, until Steve Davies buried an unlikely equaliser for Rochdale against Spurs at Spotland. Charlie Eccleshare joins host Thom Gibbs to examine all the weekend’s Cup football, and dip a…
Stuart Pearce: Relegation is a game of musical chairs
Feb 11, 2018 • 44 min
Total Football welcomes a special guest this week as Stuart Pearce sits down with host Thom Gibbs to reflect on the weekend’s football. Pearce, now assistant to David Moyes at West Ham, gives his verdict on their win over Watford, Newcastle’s surprise…
Spurs won penalty with a very good dive, but it’s still cheating
Feb 4, 2018 • 45 min
There were goals, questionable penalties and oodles of drama at Anfield, where Spurs struck late to rescue a point. But did they earn it fairly? Luke Edwards joins host Thom Gibbs to unpick Liverpool’s latest entry for game of the season, as well as the…
Liverpool’s game was ruined by VAR
Jan 28, 2018 • 39 min
If you are a fan of Coventry City, Wigan Athletic or Newport County it was a memorable weekend in the FA Cup fourth round. If you’re a fan of Liverpool, West Ham United or Cardiff it was one to forget. Telegraph Sport’s Sam Dean joins Thom Gibbs to…
Not a knee-jerk! Sacking Marco Silva made sense.
Jan 21, 2018 • 43 min
It’s farewell Marco Silva on this week’s Total Football, and who better to join host Thom Gibbs than die-hard Watford supporter and the director of Football Manager, Miles Jacobson? He gives his verdict on the Silva sacking, what led to his downfall at…
A blueprint to beat the Blues
Jan 14, 2018 • 38 min
The Manchester City unbeaten run is over, but that is the merest skim of the surface of what was an incredible match in the Premier League. The Telegraph’s Jim White joins Thom Gibbs on Total Football to unpick the 4-3 victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side, as…
Little frightened rabbits
Jan 7, 2018 • 38 min
The FA Cup third round looked to be heading for a 6/10 overall rating until Nottingham Forest knocked out the holders in a classic at the City Ground. Broadcaster Kait Borsay joins Total Football host Thom Gibbs to analyse the generous slate of weekend…
Trains, planes and referees
Jan 4, 2018 • 35 min
With sheer weight of football threatening to overwhelm us over the festive period you would be forgiven for feeling mildly confused. Fortunately the Total Football podcast is back to help you navigate the 600 or so games which seem to have taken place…
Harry Kane vs Dixie Dean
Dec 28, 2017 • 38 min
In 2017’s last Total Football, host Thom Gibbs sits down with Opta’s Duncan Alexander to analyse the season so far through a statistical lens. We look at the table from top to bottom, and put your best questions to Duncan on topics as diverse as Dixie…
Do the deal
Dec 17, 2017 • 37 min
Another week another frightening Manchester City victory. Telegraph Sport’s Luke Edwards joins the Total Football podcast to tell Thom Gibbs just how much better this City side are than all of their rivals. Luke and Thom pick over the bones of the Premier…
Jamie Carragher: Liverpool only have themselves to blame
Dec 10, 2017 • 35 min
Telegraph Sport columnist Jamie Carragher joins this week’s Total Football to discuss the Manchester and Merseyside derbies with host Thom Gibbs. Hear Carragher’s thoughts on his old club’s 1-1 draw against an Everton team which suddenly looks very much…
Karma for Pogba
Dec 3, 2017 • 39 min
Did we witness the best Premier League game of the season on Saturday night? Host Thom Gibbs believes that we did, and the Telegraph’s Football News Correspondent Matt Law joins us to dissect Arsenal’s thrilling home defeat by Manchester United. There’s…
What’s wrong with Rom?
Nov 26, 2017 • 36 min
Ian Irving is keeping the host seat warm this week whilst Thom Gibbs rides the managerial merry-go-round. Telegraph columnist Jim White joins Ian in the studio to ask if Manchester United are actually City’s closest rivals to the title? Whether Arsenal…
Sunderland’s tyre fire
Nov 19, 2017 • 39 min
The season has given us its first north London derby, and it was Arsenal who emerged victorious at Ashburton Grove. The Telegraph’s Chief Football Correspondent Jason Burt is our guest, and gives his verdict on that match as well as the rest of the…
Sam Wallace’s Power Rankings
Nov 12, 2017 • 41 min
Eleven games in and we’ve seen enough of the Premier League to make some rash conclusions about how the league table is going to pan out at its conclusion. Chief Football Writer, Sam Wallace, joins host Thom Gibbs to give his verdict on which are the…
Put a rocket up them
Nov 5, 2017 • 42 min
A genuinely Super Sunday on paper, but did it live up to expectations? The Telegraph’s Deputy Football Correspondent Jeremy Wilson joins Thom Gibbs to unpick the weekend that was. Spurs maintained their inverse-hoodoo at Wembley, while three 1-0 wins for…
Can you speak up a bit?
Oct 29, 2017 • 35 min
Once again the Premier League has brought us delights from across the country for Total Football to debate, revel in and despair at. Thom Gibbs is away so Ian Irving is keeping the host seat warm alongside Jim White. We head to the King Power Stadium as…
Taxi For Koeman
Oct 22, 2017 • 37 min
It finished London 9 Merseyside 3 in the Premier League on Sunday, but this isn’t a podcast designed to confirm your conspiracy theories about London-centric media bias. Instead we attempt to make sense of all the key issues around the league including…
Total Football Special: Graeme Souness
Oct 19, 2017 • 37 min
Graeme Souness sits down with Thom Gibbs in a bonus episode of Total Football this week. The former Liverpool, Southampton and Newcastle manager discusses his career in the dug-out, his playing days, and the current Liverpool side. Among other things…
The John Percy Blues Explosion
Oct 15, 2017 • 33 min
Domestic football returned to our lives in thrilling fashion this weekend and Total Football is on hand to unpick the biggest stories. John Percy joins host Thom Gibbs to analyse Manchester City’s spectacular win over Stoke, Manchester United’s less than…
Exclusive Jamie Carragher interview: Telegraph Sport’s new signing
Oct 10, 2017 • 22 min
It’s an exciting day for Telegraph Sport as we announce our new signing, former Liverpool captain and England international Jamie Carragher. Jamie sits down with the Telegraph’s Chief Sports Writer Paul Hayward for a Total Football exclusive interview. In…
What has Lionel Messi won for Argentina?
Oct 8, 2017 • 38 min
Rejoice, football fans, England will take their place in the 2018 World Cup. Unfortunately, nobody seems very excited about this news. Jim White joins host Thom Gibbs to wonder how this team can get the country back on side and takes a look through the…
Block. Tackle. Defy. Repeat.
Oct 1, 2017 • 35 min
A super weekend for the current kings of the Premier League: Manchester City, Manchester United, and perhaps most powerful of all, Harry Kane.Chelsea and Everton had a less positive time of it, and Telegraph Sport’s chief sports writer Paul Hayward joins…
A deluxe Vincent Janssen
Sep 24, 2017 • 38 min
In news which will terrify climate scientists it has been raining goals this weekend in the Premier League. Host Thom Gibbs is joined by Charlie Eccleshare to address the increasingly frightening teams at the top of the league who appear to be winning…